Pakistan is on the lookout for peace with all its neighbours, together with India however sustainable peace and stability in South Asia stay contingent on a simply and lasting answer to the Kashmir dispute, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif mentioned right here on Friday.
Speaking on the UN General Assembly, Shehbaz claimed that India’s “illegal and unilateral” actions on August 5, 2019 to alter the particular standing of Jammu and Kashmir additional undermined the prospects of peace and infected regional tensions.
“Pakistan needs a stable external environment. We look for peace with all our neighbours, including India. Sustainable peace and stability in South Asia, however, remains contingent upon a just and lasting solution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute,” he mentioned.
#WATCH | Pakistan PM Shehbaz Sharif rakes up Kashmir challenge at #UNGA; , “…We look for peace with all our neighbours, incl India. Sustainable peace & stability in South Asia however remains contingent upon a just & lasting solution of Jammu & Kashmir dispute…”
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“I think it’s high time that India understood this message loud and clear that both countries are armed to the teeth. War is not an option. It is not an option. Only peaceful dialogue can resolve these issues so that the world becomes more peaceful in time to come,” he mentioned.
India has repeatedly instructed Pakistan that Jammu and Kashmir “was, is and shall forever” stay an integral a part of the nation. India has mentioned it needs regular neighbourly relations with Pakistan in an atmosphere freed from terror, hostility and violence.
The ties between India and Pakistan nosedived after New Delhi abrogated Article 370 of the Constitution.
India’s resolution evoked sturdy reactions from Pakistan, which downgraded diplomatic ties and expelled the Indian envoy.
Shehbaz mentioned that New Delhi has ramped up its navy deployments in Jammu and Kashmir, thus making it the “most militarised zone in the world,” he mentioned.
He mentioned the Pakistani individuals have at all times stood by Kashmiris in full solidarity and can proceed to take action.
“I assured the World Forum that we in Pakistan remain consistent in our commitment to peace in South Asia. India must take reasonable steps to create an enabling environment for constructive engagement,” he mentioned.
“We are neighbours and we’re there perpetually. The alternative is ours. Whether we reside in peace or carry on combating with one another. We have had three wars from 1947 onwards. And as a consequence, solely distress, poverty and unemployment have elevated on either side.
Shehbaz mentioned each India and Pakistan shouldn’t waste their assets in shopping for extra ammunition and making an attempt to advertise pressure.
“It’s now up to us to resolve our differences, our problems or issues like peaceful neighbours through peaceful negotiations and discussions and save our scarce resources for promoting education and health and employment to millions of people,” he mentioned.